Thursday, November 10, 2016

Area prep athletes make college commitments


Austin Alderman helped Springfield High School’s baseball team place second at the Class 3A tournament last spring and the next chapter of his baseball life will include playing for the University of Illinois Springfield.

Alderman signed a national letter of the intent to play for the NCAA Division II Prairie Stars Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

“They seem to be committed to growing the baseball program,” he said. “They’re getting turf on the field and upgrading the facilities. They compete well. They’ve improved every year they’ve had a program.”

Normal University High catcher Jake Armstrong also signed a letter of intent to play baseball for UIS Wednesday.


Rochester High School senior infielder/pitcher Ali Bortmess and Buffalo Tri-City senior pitcher Payton Sturdy have signed to play softball at UIS.

Seven incoming freshmen have signed with UIS including Maroa-Forsyth’s Calla Wickenhauser, Stanford Olympia’s Kendra Peifer, Princeville’s Natalie Cokel, Morrison’s Emma Melton and Breanna Robbins from Seckman in Imperial, Missouri.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on November 10, 2016.

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